Alcohol sales petition sports half total signatures needed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Petitioners have collected about half the signatures required to put a proposal on the March municipal election ballot to allow Sunday alcohol sales, according to organizers.

Committee for Clovis Progress spokesman Robin Howe said Monday about 1,200 signatures have been collected, but only about 350 are qualified signatures.

Howe said his group will collect signatures until Dec. 28 for the petition, which is limited to bars and restaurants.

City Clerk Leighann Melancon said 725 signatures from registered voters are required to get the proposal on the ballot.

“I do feel confident that there will be enough qualified signatures,” Howe said.

Melancon said the petition has to be turned in at least 60 days before the election, at which time the city will verify signatures.

The Committee for Clovis Progress has enlisted the help of more than 20 restaurants and individuals to collect signatures of registered Clovis voters, according to Howe.

The campaign started Oct. 30.

Howe spearheaded a similar proposal two years ago, which fell short of the required signatures. Howe said 875 signatures were collected, but only 575 were valid.

This time around, the committee is checking signatures against a list of registered voters. He said interested signers should make sure their voter registration information is up to date.

“A lot of people are signing, we just ask that they be a little prudent in taking a minute and taking a look at their voter registration card at home,” he said.

Howe said people can update their registration information with the Curry County Clerk’s office.